A natural solution for erosion problems

Here at TerraVetiver, we believe that it is important to work with, rather than against, nature when searching for solutions to environmental problems. The vetiver plant (Chrysopogon zizanioides) is known throughout the world for its remarkable ability to stabilise steep slopes, combat erosion, conserve rainfall run-off and also clean water and soil of pollutants.
Originally from southern India, it is non-invasive, drought-resistant, able to tolerate a wide variety of temperatures and can grow in most soils.

What makes this plant so special?

Dense vertical root system can descend to 5 metres.

The remarkable root system creates a dense living wall below ground as it binds with the soil.  It is this characteristic that makes it such a valuable tool when dealing with erosion, desertification, landslips, riverbank and dune stablilisation, etc.  Above ground, the plants form a ‘mesh’ that slows the flow of flood water, traps leaves and debris that provide nutrients for the soil and combats wind erosion.


It is extremely important that a solution doesn’t become a problem! This is why we work exclusively with Chrysopogonzizanioides, a sterile plant that is not invasive. Vetiver will grow where it is planted but will not take over your garden or your land. It can be cut back in spring and autumn and will grow vigorous new leaves.

Extremely tolerant of diverse growing conditions

Tolerant of adverse conditions such frost, drought and saline water and able to regrow rapidly once these conditions are removed. Able to live in temperatures from -14°C to -55°C, although it thrives in temperatures from 21°C to 40°C.

Highly resistant to pests, diseases, fire.

The vetiver plant is extremely resistant to attack by pests or disease.  In the case of fire, the plant will regrow after fire as new shoots develop from the underground crown.

Fast growing with roots reaching 2-3 metres in the first year in good conditions.  The plant usually grows to 1.5 metres in height and can form thick clumps which make a very effective hedgerow.


Young leaves can be included in animal fodder and is excellent for animal bedding. It is also an excellent mulch for the garden. The dried roots are used in perfumes and are also woven into fragrant mats, parasols and baskets.


Attractive plant with slender leaves which makes a great border for gardens or vegetable patches.

Vetiver’s incredible root system

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